By: Ali Corazza, Staff Writer
Last week, a federal judge agreed to lift age restrictions on emergency contraception after medical and scientific research have proven that it is safe and effective in preventing unplanned pregnancy.
Prior restrictions created confusing by requiring users to obtain a prescription or to be a certain age. These restrictions were time consuming, and time is a critical factor in preventing pregnancy. Emergency contraception, or the morning after pill, is affective for up to 6 days after having unprotected sex. Of course, it is more effective the sooner you take it.
Contrary to popular belief, emergency contraception is perfectly safe for women of all ages, including teens. Only so much can be done to try to prevent underage teens from engaging in intercourse, but if they don’t listen, making the morning after pill available to them over the counter is the least that can be done. Options for unplanned pregnancy should be available to anyone.
Let’s face it, condoms break, contraceptives fail, and nonconsensual sex occurs. So what’s next? Along with being a huge debate amongst our country, abortion can be scary. Emergency contraceptives can prevent pregnancy before it even happens, NOT after.
Isn’t emergency contraceptive also called the “abortion pill”? WRONG! The so called “abortion pill” is a completely different medication. Mifepristone blocks the hormone progesterone to stop pregnancy after it has already happened, where as the morning after pill only postpones ovulation.
Lifting these restrictions will have very positive results on our society. Abortion rates will decrease, as will teen pregnancy. We must continue to educate women of all ages on the importance of safe sex, but we must also educate women and girls on what do you if those methods fail.
Get your facts straight!